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Feminist Legal Studies

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 69–89 | Cite as

Feminism, Law, and Neoliberalism: An Interview and Discussion with Wendy Brown

  • Katie Cruz
  • Wendy Brown
Interview

Abstract

On the 24th June 2015, Feminist Legal Studies and the London School of Economics (LSE) Law Department hosted an afternoon event with Professor Wendy Brown, Class of 1936 First Professor of Political Science, University of California. Professor Brown kindly agreed to discuss her scholarship on feminist theory, and its relationship to both the law and neoliberalism. The event included an interview by Dr Katie Cruz (University of Leeds, Law School) and a Q&A session, which are presented here in an edited version of the transcript. Sumi Madhock, Professor of Gender Studies, LSE chaired the interview and discussion and introduced Professor Brown’s work. Katie Cruz asked Wendy Brown to reflect upon topics that span her scholarship and activism, including the state of critical, feminist, and Left approaches to rights, neoliberalism, despair and utopianism, and the future of feminist theory and practice in the context of neoliberalism and current debates about intersectionality. Participants in the discussion asked questions on a wide range of issues, including the limits of feminist engagement with law as a tool for social change, the dominance of neoliberalism, imperialist feminism, Islamophobia, secularism, and our attachment to the figure of homo politicus.

Keywords

Feminism Feminist legal theory Neoliberalism Rights Intersectionality 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of LeedsLeedsUK
  2. 2.Class of 1936 First Professor of Political ScienceUniversity of California BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA

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